According to a recent survey, more than half of homeowners start preparing their homes for winter by completing fall maintenance projects. Several tasks are considered common, such as cleaning the gutters and winterizing the sprinklers.
However, there are several less common tasks, such as fertilizing the lawn and sealing the deck that homeowners may not know they should complete. Here are eight projects HomeAdvisor.com says homeowners should take care of during fall maintenance.
• Clean the gutters
In the fall, leaves and other debris can easily clog the gutters. If the gutters aren’t able to drain when it rains or snow, they may overflow which can cause possible damage to the house’s foundation.
• Winterize sprinklers
Winterizing the sprinklers removes all the water from the pipes, lines, fittings, valves, sprinklers and pumps. If water is left in the system, it’s possible the water will expand, freeze and may break part or all of these materials.
• Clean the chimney
Chimneys need to be inspected as least once of year if a homeowner is planning on using it during the winter. Inadequate maintenance can be one of the leading causes of chimney fires.
• Have the furnace serviced
Servicing the furnace annually can save homeowners five to 10 percent in energy costs each year by making sure the furnace is running at its peak efficiency. Furnace filters should also be changed once a month to avoid problems with the furnace.
• Inspect windows and doors
Repair or replace any damage windows or door frames. Also, add weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent drafts and lower heating bills.
• Seal the deck
The deck can become damaged by continuous water and sun exposure, which can decrease the amount of time before the deck needs to be replaced. The deck should be sealed once ever three to five years.
• Trim the trees
Trimming the trees and shrubs can help keep them strong, as well is a safety measure. Any large branches that could potentially break and cause damage to the roof or could hit a power line need to be cut back.
• Fertilize and aerate the lawn
Aeration helps the air, water and fertilizer get into the soil, even during the winter. Fertilizing in the fall strengthens the plant’s and lawn’s roots so they have a good base to grow on for next spring.
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